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Climbing the mast

Will be 65 in a couple months so I had my wife stand by with 911 on speed dial.

As long as she was hanging out she took some pictures.

Only had to go to the spreaders so no big deal.

Used an assender and a Grigri.

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I was able to climb to the first level crow's nest on the Lady Washington in the mid 1990's during a sail in the sound. It was an experience that I would not have missed. Did you have a good view?
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I was able to climb to the first level crow's nest on the Lady Washington in the mid 1990's during a sail in the sound. It was an experience that I would not have missed. Did you have a good view?
Yes not bad but I was really more focused on the bulb to replace.

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The idea behind the grigri is that you can come down fast and easy, but under control.

You don't have to use the ascender to work your way down slowly.

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Hi David,
Good for you, if Joanne was taking pictures of me, it would be solely for
purpose of expediting the insurance claim.
Actually have good fortune of my son liking the view from the top the last few years.
He even likes the comfy chair i bought from Bacon,
he did not like swinging like a pendulum from wake of freighter last time up.
Can't tell his mom about that as it will go back to being my job again.
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Figuring that if you got it, flaunt it. I'd run up the main mast hoops reach over to the forestay and hand o'r hand back ta'da, to the deck to the applause of the passengers. At least that was the way it seemed to me. Stopped that shinanigan on my 70'th birthday. Kinda miss it.
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Re: Climbing the mast

Went up my mast to the 2nd spreader last year at age 69 to put on a new radar reflector that we lost - use ascenders and old mountain climbing harness. Hard work but still able to do it. Just saw a bulb burned out on deck light and need to eventually replace it. But under way now so it will have to wait until we take a long break.

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Awesome! Hope I'll be as fit and active when I reach 65.

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Re: Climbing the mast

When someone goes aloft on the main, we use the windlass to make the job quick, safe and easy. On the mizzen we run the staysail halyard to the electric 65 jib sheet winches. We can probably change a bulb and be back down before someone on an ascender or winched bosun's chair even gets to where they need to be to begin work. Less tiring; less chance of a mistake.
We also use the windlass to bring the dink (with motor) onto the foredeck when we go sailing. Cuts the time involved by 75% or more over winching it up on a halyard.
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I've climbed my solo. As a former arborist knots and rigging are my forte. I used Prussic hitches that bite down hard the more weight is on them. This way, I don't have to rely on anyone else when I do it.
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